Steve Ballmer agrees $2bn Los Angeles Clippers purchase

Ballmer agrees $2bn Clippers purchase
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Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer agrees to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2bn (£1.2bn)

Shelly Sterling has announced that she has agreed a $2bn (£1.2bn) fee to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

The NBA has been seeking to force the sale of the team after Donald Sterling, who co-owns the team with his wife, was recorded making racist comments, resulting in the league banning him for life.

Mrs Sterling said in a statement: "I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner. We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success."

Ballmer added: "I love basketball. And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win, and win big, in Los Angeles.

"LA is one of the world's great cities, a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness. I am confident that the Clippers will in the coming years become an even bigger part of the community."

The NBA will have the final say on the sale, but ESPN reports that the agreement has already been sent to the league for approval.

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, watches the Clippers against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 27, 2014
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